Monday, August 11, 2014
Tennessee Titans' projected roster
By Paul Kuharsky
Examining the Tennessee Titans' roster.
If all are healthy, Locker starts and Whitehurst is the backup on game days with Mettenberger not dressed, at least at the beginning.
RUNNING BACKS (5)
Battle beats Collin Mooney
because he can carry the ball and is a good special teams player. Mooney has had a handful of first-team snaps, at most. Washington could get some touches, but is on the team to return.
WIDE RECEIVERS (5)
The first three are locks, and after that it's open. Mariani has been very good and Preston has been solid. Veteran late-summer addition Derek Hagan is also challenging. And an outsider cut elsewhere at the end of camps could be appealing.
TIGHT ENDS (3)
Walker has said he expects to play on the line more and Stevens is a blocker. Thompson is at a make-or-break point and looks to be in line to back up both.
OFFENSIVE LINE (8)
A starting caliber tackle is on the bench (Oher or Lewan) and that means Byron Stingily is less needed than backups for the interior such as Spencer and Olsen.
DEFENSIVE LINE (8)
A big fight here is pending with Lavar Edwards having value and Klug not having great size for a 3-4 end. But the Titans are going to have to make tough cuts on the line. Eight defensive linemen on a 3-4 team seems like too much, but GM Ruston Webster has said it could happen.
McCarthy, Gooden and Moise Fokou could be battling for one spot between them. McCarthy is the best football player if he can stay healthy. Year 2 would be early to give up on a third-rounder in Gooden who has consistently worked with the second team. Fokou is mostly invisible.
The fifth spot could be up for debate. It should be. As of now, I'm cutting Tommie Campbell. He can be a great special teamer who forces fair catches. But he's been absolutely torched in this camp by multiple receivers, the worst player getting significant snaps in a visible role on the second team or higher.
Stafford had a good showing in the preseason opener.
A solid guy who had a bit of an off year in 2013.
Maikon Bonani's big leg makes him intriguing. But he's not harnessing it sufficiently to this point. Coons has less leg, but is more accurate. But his low field goal attempts and kickoffs are cause for concern.
LONG SNAPPER (1)
There has not been much chatter about a position player snapping, but it still surprises me a team would dedicate 1/53rd of the roster to the position.